Introduction

The Otago Conservation Board is urgently seeking nominations to fill three general Board vacancies.

The Otago Conservation Board is urgently seeking nominations to fill three general Board vacancies.

The main role of the Conservation Board is to review and suggest conservation strategies for the future, and to advise the Department of Conservation on how to best implement those strategies.

“Conservation Board members don’t have to put in many hours, but by being involved in setting the direction of conservation in Otago, they have the opportunity to make a real difference,” said the Board’s current chairperson, Associate Professor Abby Smith.

The Conservation Board holds five meetings throughout the year, in various parts of Otago. Some are associated with field trips. “It has been extremely rewarding to travel around Otago, to both meet diverse people and see the large variety of landscapes the area offers,” said Assoc. Prof. Smith.

“Nominations are wide open to everyone because we think that everyone has something to offer,” she said. “The Board can be most effective when it represents a wide cross-section of the community across all of Otago.”

Successful nominees would serve on the Board for three years, starting around the middle of this year.

Interested parties can either nominate themselves or someone else. Nominations close on Friday 18 February 2011.

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